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Comment Re:Verizon did this as well (Score 1) 45

No, the 5G network will be what the The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (The guys who actually define this, being the telco working body in charge). Its a work in process and all the stakeholders agree on that much.

My iphone 7 gets 127mbps/s8.87mbps. Thats 4G

5G research is including things like milimeter wavelength coms (20+ghz) and likely will crack the 1gbps barrier.

Comment Re:High-brow fails [Re:It depends on the use] (Score 1) 415

But the bottleneck is not CPU itself for a good many applications.

That's true, but it's also not relevant. For most "apps", the main issues are battery life and responsiveness. Multi-core is increasingly being seen as a tool to increase responsiveness rather than throughput, because the app looks like it hasn't fallen asleep even if it hasn't done the thing that the user asked yet.

If I ask a database to do a sort, it may use parallelism under the hood, [...]

Interesting example. I wrote the sort subsystem for a (non-SQL) DBMS in one of my previous jobs, so... I guess this illustrates that we come from different perspectives on this point. In case you are curious, it was single-threaded, although it was designed to work on a clustered database, so it was parallel in the sense that it did parallel sorting across multiple machines in a cluster (which is what we called it before we called it a "cloud").

That "root engine" may indeed use FP, but the model maker doesn't have to know or care.

Right, and that's the advantage: Pure functional programming ensures that the client doesn't have to care, because workers are guaranteed not to modify anything that they are not supposed to because they are pure functions.

Map/reduce was all the rage a couple of years ago. I think the main advantage was not the map/reduce model, but the realisation that when you have "big data", you take the code to the data rather than taking the data to the code. But on top of that, forcing yourself into a pure functional style means that your code can run anywhere because it doesn't care about the context in which it runs.

Comment That's easy... (Score 0) 63

Freakonomics by Dubner and Levitt. Assuming you already know the mechanics of being in business, the most important lesson you need to know is that people respond to incentives, but they rarely respond in the way you anticipated.

I can't imagine why anyone would want to emulate Steve Jobs. He died because he believed in woo-woo quack cures. I realise that denying reality is valued in the entrepreneur business, but surely that's why you should stand out.

Comment Re:Wait, let me get this straight... (Score 3, Funny) 54

I'm going to go downtown, park at the sturdy Bitcoin building, walk in past the colonades and marble lobby, right up to the sturdy oak desk of my local and well-respected Bitcoin representative and seek reassurance that his institution is sound, and that my deposits are safe, fully insured, and returning the advertised rate of interest.

Comment Re: What's the immigration status of these familie (Score 1) 162

"So legal residents never commit tax fraud or identify theft?"

Ever consider reading as a career? Probably a bad idea if you have. If I were you I would work on another skill. This isn't one you seem to posses.

Me: " Those could easily be committed by my neighbors, too. However, if my neighbors are citizens or are in the country legally and can WORK legally then they are far less likely to do so."

And then, me: "People in the country illegally AND working are committing identity left and/or tax fraud."

To be in the country illegally AND working you ARE committing crimes -- by definition. You cannot work without an I9 -- and are either lying or providing fake documents. That means 100% of working illegal aliens are committing crimes JUST by working. Many of which wreak havoc for those who have to untangle someone using their SSN. Never mind the fraud on state and federal taxes being filed for income.

There's a DIFFERENCE when SOME of my neighbors MAY do something illegal and 100% of illegal immigrants who are working ARE doing something illegal.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 3, Interesting) 162

"It's actually cheaper in the long run to house homeless people than to leave them on the streets. And seriously, the rich are always going to find tax loopholes or tax breaks. Why shouldn't they do something that helps other people instead of just using some loophole that other benefits them?"

I can't speak to the rest of the country but I can about Los Angeles. If someone is homeless and doesn't WANT to be homeless they WONT be homeless for long. There are numerous opportunities to get them in to housing, food, work, and additional assistance as needed.

The PROBLEM is there's a gray area for those with mental problems who refuse assistance as well as drug or other substance abusers. Begging on the street is the fastest way to get money for booze, meth or whatever floats your boat. Any money goes to that -- including rent and food money. They also refuse assistance or refuse to pay for anything the moment they get cash. Things like rent or food or clothing. Either begging or theft.

This is where we need to come up with better terms for "homeless". Like "homeless" vs. "transient". The "homeless" issue has a workable solution in my area. The "transient" solution does not -- and I'm unsure there is a workable solution.

Comment Re:What's the immigration status of these families (Score 1) 162

'Yes, but I believe most people think "bad hombres", not "my neighbors"'

I think of identity theft and/or tax fraud among other things. Those could easily be committed by my neighbors, too. However, if my neighbors are citizens or are in the country legally and can WORK legally then they are far less likely to do so.

People in the country illegally AND working are committing identity left and/or tax fraud.

Comment Re: Unlikely (Score 1) 223

We heard the same sort of claims made about climate 'science'. We were told that 'the science was settled'. Then it turns out that it actually wasn't settled at all. There was much to be doubtful about. The accuracy of measurement techniques became doubted. Questionable assumptions were made. Data had to be 'adjusted' to fit models. All in all, it left a bad taste in the mouths of people who strive to apply the scientific method rigorously and properly.

Anthropic climate change is very much "settled", except in the minds of conservative conspiracy theorists who's opinions don't count towards "the scientific consensus" (Principally because they are wrong).

Where was the data "adjusted". Time and time again when these claims where made, when people look into it, the evidence disapears. And "the measurements" are the same.

The whole "urban heat island" thing was unscientific nonsense thats been debunked time and time again. And that whole "hide the decline" nonsense was a specific case where a known deviation from observations regarding arctic tree ring samples in the 50s (Likely from nuclear testing pounding the trees in the area with radiation) was removed from a dataset to make the data *MORE* accurate.

But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.

As for dating, we're talking Thorium/Uranium dating here, which is very robust to the time span we're refering to with an accuracy to within 1% (Much better than the 1std-deviation of carbon).

All of these figures fall out the apriori calculations that derive from fundamental physics and observation.

Much like modern climate modelling, actually.

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 223

Another problem is the new date is almost an order of magnitude older than all prior evidence. One isolated sample set is not sufficient evidence to revise the estimate that much. We'd need more samples from the likes of say 40k and 90k to give more credence to the 130k date.

Needing samples from other dates is unnecessary. A quick search of the journals will show thousands of samples from various time periods tested with the method. Its a solved problem.

More samples from the *same* source however will reduce the error margins

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 2) 223

Nah. These new methods aren't accurate either. Everyone said carbon dating was accurate for decades, but it really wasn't. Don't believe everything you read.

Where are you getting this guff from? Carbon dating is precisely as reliable as it always has been, within one standard deviation. We've always known that, and the accuracy can be derived a-priori from fundamental physics.

There are more accurate methods, but all are basically derived from the fundamental determinism that radioactive decay occurs at a predictable rate.

Source: I dont read creationist propaganda.

Comment it was about greed? (Score 2) 155

To say that "there can be no free market in the absence of regulation" is equivalent to saying that there can be no free market, period.

For a fundamentalist definition of "free", that's accurate. There can be no free market. There is only "more free" or "less free". And even then, you're often talking about various freedoms traded off against each other.

The real world is a balancing act which requires constant, nimble adjustment. Neither Bloated Government nor The Mythical Hand of the Market can efficiently supply this by itself.

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